Prep Time 30 min
Cook Time 40 Min
Servings 4
Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 medium chayotes
  • 2 tbsps. Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 8 oz. ground pork or turkey
  • 3 tsps. sofrito
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Pepper Jack cheese
  • CHAYOTE SAUCE
  • 1/3 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced leeks
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lb. butter
  • 2 tsps. minced chives

Directions

  • Step 1

    CUT chayotes in half; remove seeds and scoop out centers. Place cut side down in microwave safe dish; add 1/2-inch water. Cover with plastic wrap; cook on HIGH (100% power) 8 minutes. (Use caution when removing plastic wrap as there will be steam.) Pierce each chayote with the point of a small knife to check for doneness.

  • Step 2

    HEAT oven to 400ºF.

  • Step 3

    HEAT oil in medium skillet. Add onion, garlic and celery; sauté 5 minutes. Add ground pork. Cook until meat crumbles and is cooked through. Add sofrito; season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Step 4

    SPOON filling into cooked chayote halves. Sprinkle with grated cheese; bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.

  • Step 6

    HEAT oil in large sauté pan. Sauté carrot and leeks until soft. Stir in tomato sauce; mix well. Cook 5 minutes.

  • Step 7

    ADD chicken stock and cayenne pepper; cook over high heat until liquid is evaporated and sauce is thick, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool.

  • Step 8

    POUR sauce into food processor or blender; blend until smooth. Return to pan; gradually whisk in butter until well blended.

  • Step 9

    ADD chives. Ladle sauce onto plate; place Chayotes Rellenos on top. Serve immediately.

Serving size
(1 chayote w sauce)

  • Calories 870
  • Calories from Fat700g
  • Total Fat 80g
  • Saturated Fat 35g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 170mg
  • Sodium 1540mg
  • Potassium 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 25g
  • Dietary Fiber 7g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Protein 21g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Vitamin D 0%
  • Calcium 0%
  • Thiamin 0%
  • Niacin 0%
  • Zinc 0%
  • Riboflavin 0%
  • Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet